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Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


Program Highlights

Our website is updated periodically, primarily in February for Spring activities, May for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.




More information on Events

For a Future to Be Possible: Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

Potluck at 6:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Fridays June 23, July 28
No fee; register in advance by phone or email



Buddhist Studies Classes

More information on Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Studies: The Wonderful Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesdays, June 7 - July 26 (eight sessions) 7:00-8:45 P.M.



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

More information on MBSR

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Fall 2017

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 19-Nov. 7

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 21-Nov. 9

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday, October 28




More information on Retreats

Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

Friday, June 16, 7:00 P.M. to Sunday, June 18, 1:00 P.M.

Weekend Sesshin at Compassionate Ocean

Friday, July 14, 7:00 P.M.-Saturday, June 15, 9:00 P.M.

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota

Seven-day practice period: Monday Aug. 28, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only: Friday Sept. 1, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.



More information on Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings- Meditatation and Dharma Talks

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Weekday Meditation Schedule

(*The new Monday and Thursday morning sessions will begin June 12.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7:00-8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 8:40 P.M

Welcome Sessions

Sunday, June 9, 9:00-11:15 A.M.
Friday, June 11, 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices. No fee; pre-registration required.

Mondays, June 12 & 19, 7:00-8:30 P.M.



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